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Etymotic Research HF5 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Earphones, Black
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- High performance balanced armature drivers offer unmatched accuracy
- Reinforced 4 foot cable and 3.5mm stereo jack
- 35 to 42 dB of noise isolation with a max output of 120 dB
- Includes an assortment of eartips for a comfortable fit and carrying pouch
- Includes assorted eartips, filter removal tool and replacement filters, carrying pouch
- Manufacturer’s warranty provided for products purchased from authorized resellers
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From the manufacturer
Etymotic Research, Inc. is an engineering-driven research, development and manufacturing company. The name 'Etymotic' (pronounced et-im-oh-tik) means 'true to the ear'. Innovation, education and hearing conservation are central to Etymotic's mission.
HF Series Noise-Isolating Earphones
No compromise, high-performance noise-isolating earphones that deliver best-in-class benefits and superior value, perfectly matched to the latest product innovations from most music players that support a 3.5 mm stereo phone plug.
- High performance balanced-armature drivers
- Reinforced 4 ft cable
- 3.5 mm stereo phone plug
Etymotic designs products to measure, protect and improve hearing, and enhance the listening experience of music lovers everywhere. Together, audio engineers, musicians and audiologists at Etymotic have generated over 100 patents issued and pending.
High Performance Drivers
Etymotic invented noise-isolating in-ear earphones using balanced-armature receivers and established these speakers as the gold standard for high-definition, in-ear earphones.
The HF series incorporates these high-performance balanced-armature drivers and their unmatched accuracy at an affordable price for everyday use.
Best Sound Accuracy
True high fidelity requires reproduced sound to be as close as possible to the sound of a live performance. Etymotic's earphones and headsets have the highest response accuracy of all in-ear earphones and headsets.
Why HF series in-ear earphones?
Best Noise Isolation
Etymotic's earphones have the highest noise isolation of all in-ear earphones, as measured by an independent laboratory accredited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Reduction of outside noise lowers the risk of listening at unsafe levels.
Reinforced cable for durability.
User-replaceable filters that protect the balanced-armature drivers from earwax and other debris.
Insertion and Care
Sound quality, full bass response and noise isolation all depend on a good eartip seal in the ear canal. Carefully insert the earphone while pulling up and out on the back of the ear. Twist the earphone up into the ear canal while inserting, until outside noise is blocked out. Moistening eases insertion of 3 flange eartips. Roll down or compress foam before inserting then hold in place for 5 seconds while the foam expands.
For best performance and retention, replace 3 flange eartips every 3-6 months. Replace foam eartips regularly.
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|Item Dimensions||1.5 x 7.25 x 6 in||2 x 3.75 x 7 in||3.75 x 2 x 6.5 in||0.39 x 1.18 x 0.39 in||649.61 x 374.02 x 177.17 in||6.62 x 1 x 3.75 in|
|Item Weight||0.48 ounces||0.35 ounces||4 ounces||0.82 lb||4.8 ounces||0.5 lb|
|Additional Features||ios-phone-control||Noise-Isolating Earphones||ios-phone-control, volume-control||—||lightweight||Noise-Isolation|
True high fidelity requires reproduced sound to be as close as possible to the sound of a live performance. Etymotic earphones have the highest response accuracy of all in-ear earphones. The HF series offers high performance balanced armature drivers with unmatched accuracy at an affordable price. Includes assorted eartips, replacement filters and filter removal tool, and carrying pouch.
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I was extremely satisfied with the comfort and sound quality. The tips suited my ears very well, and I felt the audio was pleasing to my ears. For phone calls, the party at the other end could always hear me well. Acoustically and in terms of comfort, these in-ear monitors are great.
However, both of the pieces I have purchased have failed. On the first pair, the cable tore near one of the drivers. Because the cable cannot be removed, I set it aside and purchased another pair. On a recent flight, the connector broke (not completely off, but it broke enough that you don't get a good connection anymore). The plug has a 45 degree turn, and as I got up, my leg applied enough pressure to the connector that it broke in this manner. A 90 degree turn in the connector would have likely avoided this.
I tried to go back to the first pair when the second one broke, thinking I could use some shrink tubing or electrical tape where the sheath to the cable tore. But as I moved the slider that lets you bring together or part the cable, the sheath tore over there as well. It seems to me that the sheath they are using isn't of the highest quality.
But the bigger issue with their design is that the cable is not removable. I would really like to see Etymotic change this. At a similar price point, other manufacturers provide in-ear monitors of comparable (perhaps even better) audio quality and comfort, but with removable cables. The result is not only that a failed cable may be replaced with a new one, but one can opt to install a third party cable or make their own.
I really like Etymotic Research's dedication to sound quality and comfort. I would like to see them build in-ear monitors with better cables that can be removed.
But be careful taking them out. Untwist them out the same way because if you installed them at low pressure high altitude and try to take them out on the higher pressure ground too quickly you will leave the silicone "ray gun" tip in your ear. The first time I did this was on a flight to Austin with a connection in Houston. Once on the layover in Houston I called an Urgent Care between the Austin airport and my hotel. I had Uber take me there and after about $350 and 1.5 hours they tweezed them out.
Round two -- It stayed in my ear a 2nd time on my way to Ireland. Luckily we layed over in NJ so I went to a shop in the airport and got my own tweezers. Now I can just remove it whenever it decides to stay in my ear. I recommend putting a small, not pointed, pair of tweezers in your travel kit so you don't have to go thru the Urgent Care routine that I did.
Otherwise, I love these earphones -- hence the reason I continue to use them. I wish I had the old Urgent Care bill, I'd send it to the CEO of the company and tell them they need to redesign the silicone tips.
I previously owned a set of ER-4P earphones, and those were plain magical -- the isolation was phenomenal, the sound reproduction was as close to perfect as I've ever heard. Despite the fact that they had been mishandled, snagged on objects, left in hot cars, and generally mistreated in a number of other undeserving ways, they remained flawless until the day I left them in a locker at the gym, never to be seen again.
The HF5 is a close second, especially after spending the following two weeks with nothing more than the bass-heavy stock headphones that came with my HTC One. The HF5 is far, far superior to any budget earphone. The top end sounds crisp, while the low end remains meaty and delicious, all without neglecting the mid-range used by real music. Construction is quite nice, and the last foot of cable up to the ears is solid, rather than the fragile-looking twisted pair I was constantly worried about on the ER-4P.
Its isolation doesn't seem to be as good as that of the ER-4P however; with those I was free to follow my introverted instincts and ignore anyone who didn't come into my field of view, since I legitimately couldn't hear much of anything so long as my volume was set above 10%. With the HF5s plugging my ears, I'm actually aware that there are other people around me making noise, and have to go back to my usual routine of consciously ignoring people. The isolation is still quite good of course, and again, worlds better than the basic phone-bundled earphones that I had resorted to for a fortnight. Since these use compatible tips to the ones that fir the ER-4P and many of Etymotic's other products, the difference must be in the construction.
I had one problem immediately after receiving the HF5, which was that the shirt clip snapped before I could get it to attach to the cable, so I generally just hang the cables over the top of my ears. It's not a perfect solution but it works.
If I were to rate the ER-4P a 9.5 out of 10, these would be a 9.1. If these are in your price range, I can't imagine finding much better for the same amount of money. If you're willing to spend more, the ER-4P is another step above, and will make you question your awareness of your surroundings after you realise that the guy with the cute hair has been trying to get your attention for quite some time now.
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